In spite of objections from Indian Lake Borough (ILB), LCT Energy has been granted a surface mine permit by the mining division of DEP on a 150 acre parcel of land east of 160 across from Cherry Lane. LCT has indicated that the strip mining is a precursor to planned deep mining.
ILB Council is concerned about the impact that mining would have on the quality and quantity of the Borough’s water supply, both well water and lake water. ILB filed a formal appeal to the mining permit, but it is unlikely that the permit will be revoked. ILB has entered into a memorandum of understanding with LCT to secure a third party opinion of the potential impacts from mining to the lake and the drinking water quality. They have contracted the services of Downstream Strategies for this study. The ILB attorney has gotten approval from the Environmental Hearing Board to delay the hearing on the appeal to the surface mining permit until after a public meeting on May 14th.
Stonycreek Valley Development Corporation is attempting to share in this study and expand the scope to include Lake Stonycreek to learn of any potential impact to our lake and well water. It appears that all of the mining and treatment ponds will be in the Lake Stonycreek watershed.
The public meeting on May 14th will be held at the Shanksville School Cafetorium following the 10:00 ILB Service Corporation meeting. The public meeting will begin at 11:00 am and everyone is encourage to attend to get up-to-date information.